- I work with only a handful of clients at a time.
- I charge a flat monthly fee to enable constant interaction.
- My approach is not for everyone. But it may be perfect for you.
In my book, I wrote that it is "hard to read the label when you are stuck inside the bottle" - My clients hire me to help them smash the bottle completely. With 15 years experience running a multimillion dollar company and 12 more running Brickyard Partners, I provide in-the-trenches knowledge and perspective other coaches and advisors do not. And, also unlike most, I roll up my sleeves and fight alongside of you.
My work focuses mainly on CEO's, business owners and business partnerships that are not performing up to their expectations. It has become a cliche that people like us do not ask for help until it is too late. The truth is that brave business owners ask for help because they have learned what I have - most businesses need not stall or fail. Passion can be reclaimed and you can have the business that empowers the life of your dreams. But it takes candor, hard work and the willingness to grind through the uncertainty that goes along with change.
I offer business coaching—but with a fresh approach. The world of business doesn’t stick neatly to our weekly coaching calls. So I stay connected at all times, not just for the hour.
We business owners are a tricky bunch. We often need help curating the many ideas and responsibilities spinning in our minds all day... and night. BUT, we don’t need someone to come in and tell us how to run our business. Where is the coach who takes the time to understand the interpersonal issues that are causing hidden problems? Who will tell us that our marketing is not only boring, but doesn’t resonate with what our clients want? Who will help us make the changes we keep rationalizing away? Who will help us build the business that satisfies us professionally AND personally?
I treat business owners like the unique individuals they are. I understand that you can’t separate yourself from your professional role.
When I was running my business I desperately needed another me for distinct periods of time to increase the momentum and create action and lasting change. If I am delivering maximum value, then I am not shouting from the back of the theater. Instead, I am right next to you on the stage. The average business coach doesn’t step in during the in-between time, when your world, your inbox, and the endless distractions of modern life threaten to swallow you whole. I believe executives and business owners need a different kind of coaching, a coach who will jump into the foxhole with them.
Many clients come to me initially for help strategizing what’s next for their business. And many of them are enduring times of great challenge and/or change. I work with them to provide perspective, insight and innovation that brings out the greatest potential in their business. Whether it is a better strategy to thrive in a digital world, unlocking their unique story, creating new products/services, raising capital, or readying the business for sale, having the right strategy and a determined plan to execute it can make all the difference between success and failure.
Working with you and, when appropriate, your executive team – I help support the changes and fight through blocks so the right kind of momentum can begin again, protecting you as an individual every step of the way. I make sure you learn and benefit from my experience. As your coach, I offer a fundamental difference because I’ve been to the dark places of business and I know the best ways out of them. I am driven to make sure that you never have to go through what I went through.
Sometimes resilience needs a spark and a leg up. That is what I offer every one of my clients.
If my approach has you nodding your head, take advantage of a complimentary and confidential call to tell me what you are dealing with and you will get a clear sense of how I work. Simply click here and say hello.
Here is what a few of my clients have said about working with me:
"If you don’t want to know the true answer, you better not ask Howard the question. In fact, if you don’t really want to fix it, you better not even ask Howard for help.
As a business owner/executive you don’t have the time to learn all of the lessons for yourself. That’s the hard way. Learning lessons through another person’s experience allows you to move through challenges faster with positive outcomes. Howard brings many of those lessons to the playing field and helps to sort through and tackle issues quickly with confidence and execute a smarter business strategy. 12 months after working with Howard we completed our best year since 2009."
Steve Sims, CEO, Brass Media
"Howard not only helped Enroute find our purpose, but he also worked with us to build a strategic plan to get us back on the right path at a time when we were too close to the company to decipher the best way forward. His proof of concept was realized when he rolled up his sleeves and closed business deals right alongside us. Howard truly helped our company propel forward and we’ll be forever grateful for his coaching, experience and effort. Our time with Howard was the single best investment we’ve ever made in the five year history of this company."
Meagan Zeman, Founder and COO, Enroute Systems Corp.
"Howard acted as my business partner when I didn't have one. He helped with big picture visions and long term strategies. He listened to all my pain points and calmly and carefully walked me through possible solutions . I had an extremely difficult personnel issue, Howard was there and acted as a mediator and counselor. It was one of the most stressful times in my life and I'm so glad Howard was there with a listening ear and helpful guidance. Heads of businesses need someone they can confide in and get sound advice from. As they say, "It's lonely at the top" and that is all too true. Don't struggle and try to go through hard times on your own."
Carrie Atkinson, Founder, Sock It To Me Inc.
"I’ve worked with Howard for a couple years now. What amazes me is his uncanny and unique ability to synthesize such clarity in strategic positioning and a clear way to execute it amid hundreds of ideas, employee issues, and so many other factors that distract or redirect me as CEO from the clear path that Howard immediately sees from his experience and a brilliant mind that doesn’t mince words. Straightforward and to the point to get you and your business to a happier, healthier place as quickly as possible."
Ryan Buchanan, CEO, eRoi Inc